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Sonia, Nadda get RS seats

New Delhi: Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi, BJP chief J.P. Nadda and new party entrant Ashok Chavan and Union ministers Ashwini Vaishnaw and L. Murugan were among the 41 candidates elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, while Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh will witness polling on February 27. The BJP has won the highest number of 20 seats, followed by the Congress (6), Trinamul Congress (4), YSR Congress (3), RJD (2), BJD (2) and NCP, Shiv Sena, BRS and JD(U) one each. As there were no other candidates in the fray on these 41 seats, the respective returning officers declared them winners on the last date of withdrawal of nominations. The ruling Congress from Telanagana bagged two seats - Renuka Chowdhury and Anil Kumar Yadav - and BRS one seat V. Ravichandra. While in neighbouring Andhra Pradesh, the YSR Congress won all the three seats G. Babu Rao, Y.V. Subba Reddy and M. Raghunath Reddy. Nadda and the partys other nominees Jasvantsinh Parmar, Mayank Nayak and diamond baron Govindbhai Dholakia were declared winners from Gujarat. The Congress, which has only 15 MLAs, and other Opposition parties had preferred not to put up candidates against the BJP, which has 156 legislators in the 182-member Gujarat Assembly. From Rajasthan, Sonia Gandhi was elected unopposed so were BJPs Chunnilal Garasiya and Madan Rathore. All the six candidates from Maharashtra -- BJP's Chavan, who joined the party only last Tuesday after quitting the Congress, Medha Kulkarni and Ajit Gopchhade; Shiv Sena's Milind Deora, who also resigned from the Congress last month, Praful Patel (NCP) and Chandrakant Handore (Cong) were elected unopposed. In Bihar, JD(U)'s Sanjay Kumar Jha, BJP's Dharmshila Gupta and Bhim Singh, Manoj Kumar Jha and Sanjay Yadav (both RJD) and Akhilesh Prasad Singh (Congress) were declared winners. Uttar Pradesh will see 11 candidates vying for 10 seats. The BJP has fielded eight candidates - former Union minister R P N Singh, former MP Chaudhary Tejveer Singh, state party general secretary Amarpal Maurya, former state minister Sangeeta Balwant, party spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi, former MLA Sadhna Singh, former Agra mayor Naveen Jain and local industrialist and former SP leader Sanjay Seth who joined the BJP in 2019. The Samajwadi Party (SP) has renominated Jaya Bachchan and also announced the candidature of former MP Ramjilal Suman and retired IAS officer Alok Ranjan. In Karnataka, five candidates are contesting for the four seats. The Congress has fielded Ajay Maken, Syed Naseer Hussain and GC Chandrasekhar, while Narayansa Bandage is the BJP candidate. JD(S) leader and former Rajya Sabha member D Kupendra Reddy is also in the fray. In Himachal Pradesh, the BJP has forced a contest by fielding Harsh Mahajan against Congress's Abhishek Manu Singhvi for the single seat despite not having enough MLAs to win. In the evening, TMC's Sushmita Dev, Sagarika Ghose, Mamata Thakur and Md Nadimul Haque and Samik Bhattacharya (BJP) were declared winners from West Bengal. Union minister Murugan, Valmiki Dham Ashram head Umesh Nath Maharaj, Kisan Morcha's national vice president Banshilal Gurjar, and Madhya Pradesh BJP's women wing president Maya Naroliya bagged four seats for the BJP in Madhya Pradesh while Ashok Singh of the Congress also got elected unopposed. From Odisha, Union minister Vaishnaw (BJP) and BJD's Debashish Samantray and Subhashish Khuntia were declared winners. BJP nominees in Uttarakhand (Mahendra Bhatt), Subhash Barala (Haryana), Devendra Pratap Singh (Chhattisgarh) were elected unopposed. The biennial elections were announced for February 27 in 56 seats. While 50 members will retire on April 2, six will do so on April 3. Now polling will be held for 10 seats in Uttar Pradesh, four in Karnataka and one seat in Himachal Pradesh from 9 am to 4 pm and counting will be held on the same day from 5 pm onwards.

Deccan Chronicle 21 Feb 2024 2:52 am

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav appeals to Bihar people to 'insure politically'

Tejashwi Prasad Yadav appeals for political support during his Jan Vishwas Yatra, criticizes CM Nitish Kumar, fights for unemployment, poverty, and migration, compares Grand Alliance govt to NDA, while Deputy CM Chaudhary dismisses RJD as a dynastic party.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 11:32 pm

'We never called Nitish; he joined & left us on his own,' says ex-Bihar CM Rabri Devi

Rabri Devi criticizes Nitish Kumar for joining and leaving the Grand Alliance without informing them. Nitish formed the Grand Alliance govt in August 2022 with RJD, Congress, and Left. RJD ministers face inquiry on fodder scam, railway land-for-job scan, and land scam.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 11:25 pm

RJD wants polling through ballot papers, JD(U) for conducting polls in max three phases

JD(U) and RJD demand conducting Lok Sabha elections in Bihar in maximum three phases over 21 days to save time, money, and give relief to leaders from hot weather. RJD calls for free and fair elections using ballot papers, counting of postal ballots before EVMs.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 11:16 pm

2020 Result Was A Big Blow For Nitish Kumar: Tejashwi Yadav

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister and Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav is on his Jan Vishwas Yatra, weeks after Janata Dal (United) supremo and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar snapped ties with RJD to form a BJP-led NDA government. Speaking exclusively to NDTV's Manish Kumar, Tajashwi Yadav slammed Nitish Kumar and said that the he would intentionally delay the work of the government.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 11:13 pm

RJD urges Election Commission to revert to voting through ballot papers, junk EVMs

The party makes request before EC delegation, headed by CEC Rajeev Kumar, which interacted with representatives of political parties on the second day of its three-day tour of Bihar

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 10:36 pm

All 6 candidates from Bihar elected unopposed to Rajya Sabha

Of the newly elected MPs, two members each were from BJP and RJD, along with one each from JD(U) and Congress.

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 9:15 pm

BSSTET Exam Date Announced for 2024: Save the Date for Your Test Preparation

The Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB) has announced the Bihar Special School Teacher Eligibility Test (BSSTET) 2023 notification. Candidates who are interested in this vacancy and fulfill all the eligibility criteria are invited to read the notification carefully and apply online.

Naukrinama 20 Feb 2024 8:10 pm

Dredging Corporation of India to commence dredging operations in North East: Sonowal

Dredging Corporation of India to commence dredging operations in North East: Sonowal The Union Minister of Ports, Shipping & Waterways and Ayush, Shri Sarbananda Sonowal launched major push for the development of waterways with unveiling projects worth of 308 crore for North East region Guwahati today. The event was simultaneously held at Bogibeel in Dibrugarh, Badarpur in Karimganj, IWAI port in Dhubri as well as Sonamura in Tripura. The Union Minister was joined by the Minister of Transport, Fisheries & Excise, Assam, Parimal Suklabaidya; the Minister of Health & Family Welfare, Information Technology, Assam, Keshab Mahanta; the MP (Lok Sabha) for Guwahati, Queen Oja while the Union Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Labour Employment, Govt of India, Rameshwar Teli joined in the programme from Dibrugarh. In Sonamura, the event was attended by the Minister of Transport, Tourism, & Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs, Tripura, Sushanta Chowdhury among other dignitaries. At Pandu, the event was also graced by the MLA of Guwahati East, Siddhartha Bhattachayya, the Mayor of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Mrigen Sarania; the Deputy Mayor of Guwahati Municipal Corporation (GMC), Smita Roy, the Chairman, IWAI, Vijay Kumar; the Vice Chairman of IWAI, Sunil Kumar Singh, along with prominent social worker Tapan Das among other dignitaries. In Dibrugarh, the event was also graced by the Chairman, All Assam Industrial Corporation (AIDC) and MLA, Dibrugarh, Prasanta Phukan; the MLA of Moran, Chakradhar Gogoias well as the MLA of Chabua, Ponakan Baruah. The Minister inaugurated Passenger-cum-Cargo terminal at Bogibeel near Dibrugarh, Inland Water Transport Terminal at Sonamura in Tripura and upgraded terminals at Karimganj & Badarpur in Assam here today. This terminal will play a pivotal role in rejuvenating IWT in the region for both cargo and passenger movement, paving the way for growth of trade & commerce. He also laid foundation stones for construction of Custom Immigration Office in Dhubri as well as construction of the compound wall for IWAI Jogighopa terminal. The newly inaugurated Bogibeel terminal is being built with an investment of nearly 50 crore. This project includes cargo & passenger berths, approach & other internal roads, transit shed, open storage area, truck parking area, passenger waiting area. It will also lead to increase in eco-tourism as well as improve the economies of scale for existing major trade like tea, polymer, coal, fertiliser among others. The length of this terminal will be extended to 100 metres and the construction will start immediately. An integrated officer for Immigration, Customs & IWAI at Bogibeel is also being constructed at a cost of 18 Crore. A project for bank protection and Extension of jetty at Bogibeel Terminal at a cost of 12 Cr would also be initiated immediately. The IWT terminal at Sonamura is developed with an investment of 6.91 crore. The upgraded terminals at Karimganj and Badarpur was completed with an investment of 6.40 crore. The IWT Terminal at Sonamura has the potential to attract trans-boundary trade including commodities like bagged cement, horticulture, consumer products and other local goods transported via road between India and Bangladesh. This jetty is also being developed as a multi-purpose jetty to support movement of passengers on ferries between the two countries. The renovated and upgraded terminals at Karimganj and Badarpur will further easy and increase the export activities & commodities. The projects have major influence in districts of Cachar, Karimganj & Hailakandi in Assam and adjoining states of Mizoram, Tripura, Manipur and Meghalaya due to the presence of cement industry, stone crushers, coal deposits, food processing units, tea estates, etc. Speaking on the occasion, Shri Sonowal said, Under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi our rich and complex web of waterways are being developed with major projects launched here today. Modi Ki Guarantee is powering the waterways of the North East towards Viksit Bharat. The terminals at Bogibeel will act as a catalyst of economic development for the region, further amplifying trade opportunities for upper Assam as well as Arunachal Pradesh. The Sonamura terminal in Tripura will further trans-boundary trade between India and Bangladesh. The Karimganj and Badarpur terminals will also power trade opportunities. All these projects will go a long way towards realising the vision of Narendra Modi ji towards the North east acting as the powerhouse of India's growth towards becoming Viksit Bharat. The Union Minister also laid foundation stones for construction of Customs Immigration Office in Dhubri with an investment of 7.5 crore. The construction of boundary wall will also start at Jogighopa terminal in Goalpara, Assam. The wall for IWAI Jogighopa terminal, which is being built at a cost of 18 Crore, will secure the terminal. 6 Tourist jetties in NER at a cost of 8.45 Cr. at Jogighopa, Tejpur, Bishwanathghat, Neamati, Sadiya, Bindakota would also be constructed. Three of these has already been provided and rest of the three will be provided soon. This project is introduced to upgrade the existing infrastructure along NW-2 and recognising the huge potential for cargo, passenger transportation, riverine tourism. Two Electric Catamarans at Guwahati will be deployed in Guwahati by August, 2024. The Electric Catamarans, developed by Cochin Shipyard Limited at a cost of 36 crore, will enhance communication facilities for the people of Guwahati.The 50 pax Electric Hybrid Catamaran will be used for cross river ferry and pilgrim tourism at Guwahati. It will improve the economies of scale for existing major trade like coal, stone chips, polymer, fertiliser etc through IBP route and from Bhutan through waterways and also encourage employment & economic growth. 19 passenger vessels for NW-2 & NW-16 would be provided and two Pontoon Terminals on NW-2 would be constructed at a cost of 25 crore. Announcing new major initiatives for the development of waterways in the region, Shri Sonowal said, It gives me immense pleasure to share with all of you that we have decided to deploy 6 tourist jetties on the National Waterways 2; i.e. River Brahmaputra. We have also decided to deploy 2 Electric Hybrid Catamaran at Guwahati which will ease passenger to commute between the two banks along Brahmaputra. Towards achieving Modiji's vision of a powerful North East region, I am happy to share that Dredging Corporation of India will commence dredging operations in the North East region. These initiatives will power our waterways towards transforming North East to become the powerhouse of India's growth story towards becoming a Viksit Bharat, a vision of Narendra Modiji. These transformative projects, under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji, will mark a new era of connectivity and prosperity for the Northeast region, furthering the 'Act East' policy of Modi government. These initiatives reflect Modiji's unwavering commitment to drive inclusive growth and development in the region, delivering on the vision of Modi ji 'Sabka Sath, Sabka Vikas'. The tourist jetties will enhance the existing infrastructure along Brahmaputra (NW2) further bolstering the promising tourism industry of the state. These jetties are being built an investment of 8.45 crore. The Electric Hybrid Catamarans, which are being deployed in Guwahati with an investment of 36 crore, will introduce Green energy in inland waterways. The Dredging Corporation of India (DCI), India's premier institution dedicated towards dredging operations, will commence operations on rivers Brahmaputra (NW 2) and Barak (NW 16). The dredging operations in NER in the Dhubri-Jogighopa stretch of NW-2, Dhubri-Hatsingimari, North Guwahati-South Guwahati, Neamati- Kamlabari and Lakhipur-Bhanga on NW-16 will be done at a cost of 124 crore. This project will help maintain constant and adequate draft and help seamless movement of cargo and passengers in the National Waterways of North-East. Elaborating the scope of work proposed to be done for furthering the strength of waterways, Sarbananda Sonowal said, Our Cabinet under the visionary leadership of the Prime Minister recently approved the signing of the BIMSTEC Agreement on Maritime Transport Cooperation. This Agreement in the spirit of our Neighborhood First Policy will herald seamless movement of water-borne cargo amongst the seven BIMSTEC countries. This Agreement will result in enhanced trade and commerce, reduced logistic costs as a result of removal of administrative and procedural delays, increase in manufacturing and enhanced employment opportunities. We have also adopted a Roadmap for River Cruise Tourism for developing multiple other routes for cruise tourism on other National Waterways. 45,000 Crore would be spent for development of River Cruise Tourism in the coming years. This shows the immense potential that rests in the 20,000 kilometers long and vibrant inland waterways of our country. IWT sector is also witnessing environment friendly green initiatives viz. development of electric catamarans, Hydrogen Powered Catamaran Pax Vessels etc. The initial target is to support transition of 1,000 Vessels, ferries and boats over the next 10 years and eventually achieving the target of all Green Vessels by 2047. This stand as a resounding testament to the critical role of these waterways in propelling economic growth and prosperity. There has been a 700% increase in operational national waterways, from only 3 in 2014 to 24 Operational National Waterways today, a phenomenal rise of 56% in multimodal terminals and a 200% increase in investments in National Waterways. The IWT sector is experiencing an unprecedented surge in terms of trade and transport since 2014. During the last 10 years under the visionary leadership of Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, we have made remarkable efforts to develop and explore the full potential of our 20,000 kilometers long Inland Waterways sector. The strategic significance is underscored by a substantial investment of over 1,000 crore in the past couple of years dedicated to advancement of these waterways in the North-East.Projects such as Comprehensive development of NW-2, Ship repair facility at Pandu (208 Cr.), Jogighopa IWT terminal (64 Cr.), last mile connectivity to Pandu port through alternative road from Pandu Port to NH-27 (180 Cr.) are some of the projects that are already underway. IWAI has endeavoured to develop NW-1, passing through the states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal, as a reliable cargo logistics route under 5,000 crore under Jal Marg Vikas Project (JMVP). From 2013-14 onwards, the cargo movement has increased in the last decade from a mere 6.89Million Ton in 2014 to 126.15 Million tonnes in 2022-23, showing a mammoth growth of 1,700%. Under the Sagarmala program, aimed at the development of the North-Eastern states, projects exceeding 1,000 crore have been initiated, with a particular focus on enhancing inland waterways in Assam, where projects exceeding 760 crore are underway. The Maritime Amrit Kaal Vision 2047 of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways (MoPSW) prioritizes the expansion of port infrastructure, including the development of six mega ports with capacities exceeding 300 and 500 million tonnes per annum (MTPA). Additionally, MoPSW aims to boost the share of Inland Water Transport (IWT) to 5% by 2030 as part of the Maritime India Vision (MIV), signaling a comprehensive effort towards fostering maritime sector growth and connectivity enhancement. (With Inputs from APO)

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 7:05 pm

Tejashwi Yadav Begins 10-Day Jan Vishwas Yatra in Bihar, Says RJD Party of MY-BAAP

Tejashwi Yadav said: Nitish Kumar has no vision for Bihar. He also had no reason for breaking the alliance. He (Nitish) considers people's mandate as a 'pair ki juti' (footwear).

News18 20 Feb 2024 7:04 pm

Buddha relics to travel to Bangkok National Museum after 30 years

NEW DELHI: Four bone fragments of Lord Buddha also known as Kapilvastu Relics, presently kept here in the National Museum, will be taken to Thailand on Thursday after about 30 years. They will be displayed in four cities including Bangkok and Krabi, where people will pay their obeisance to the sacred remnants. Last time, they were taken out of the country in May when they were exhibited at an exposition in Mongolia. The relics of two chief disciples of the Buddha -- Sariputta and Maha Moggallana from Sanchi in Madhya Pradesh -- are also being ferried along with cremated remains of Buddha for the first time. Before exposition, the relics will be kept safely at the National Museum in Bangkok for a limited period of quarantine. The venues have been finalized in consultation with the officials of the Government of Thailand and officials of the Indian embassy there. About 22 Buddha relics were discovered during excavation at Piprahwa village in Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh in 1971-77. According to the officials, 20 of them were loaned to the National Museum in the national capital and two were handed over to the Indian Museum in Kolkata. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) conducted excavations at Piprahwa between 1971 and 77, under the supervision of KM Srivastava, the then director (Archaeology). The excavation team discovered two inscribed steatite stone caskets containing twelve sacred relics from the bigger casket and ten sacred relics from the smaller casket, said the Ministry of Culture's Secretary, Govind Mohan on Tuesday, while briefing about the travel schedule and significance of the relics. He further informed that only four relics from the National Museum are allowed to be sent abroad. They were taken to Sri Lanka in 1976 and 2012, Mongolia in 1993 and 2022, Singapore in 1994 and 2007, South Korea in 1995 and Thailand in 1995. The relics will be flown back on March 19. Mohan also mentioned that the relics are being taken in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft with an adequate number of security personnel. A delegation of about 20 officials of the culture ministry and other agencies as well as Buddhist monks are also travelling with rare antiquities. The delegation is being led by Union Minister of Social Justice and Empowerment, Virendra Kumar along with Governor of Bihar, Rajendra Vishwanath Arlekar. We have long-standing ties with Thailand. Indian culture is visible in the nook and corner of Thailand. Apart from the fact that this is an initiative for the followers of Buddhism in Thailand, it is a big diplomatic achievement for us, said the secretary. Artefacts from TS, AP to showcase Buddhas life at NY, Seoul museums

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 6:20 pm

Nitish Kumar 'flipping sides' caused political instability in Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav

Nitish Kumar flipping sides caused political instability in Bihar Tejashwi Yadav

India Today 20 Feb 2024 6:18 pm

CBI raids premises of former DIPP secy Ramesh Abhishek in disproportionate assets case

Abhishek is a 1982-batch IAS officer from the Bihar cadre. He retired in 2019. Abhishek joined Paytm Payments Bank Ltd as an independent director after retiring from the Indian Administrative Service (IAS).

Business Today 20 Feb 2024 6:12 pm

CBI carries out searches at premises of former DIPP secretary

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is conducting searches at the residence of former DIPP secretary Ramesh Abhishek in Delhi in connection with a corruption case. Abhishek, a retired 1982-batch IAS officer from the Bihar cadre who served until 2019, subsequently joined a private company. The agency is conducting searches at one of his premises.

The Economic Times 20 Feb 2024 6:07 pm

PM Modi Inaugurates New Buildings Of IIT Patna, IIM Bodh Gaya In Bihar

Prime Minister Narendra Modi virtually inaugurated new buildings of several premier academic institutions in Bihar, including IIT Patna, and the permanent campus of IIM Bodh Gaya, officials said.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 5:07 pm

Stage Collapses, Tejashwi Yadav Addresses Rally From Bus Roof In Bihar

Former Bihar deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav was seen addressing a huge crowd from a roof of a bus in Bihar's Sitamarhi after the stage collapsed before he arrived at the venue today.

NDTV 20 Feb 2024 4:38 pm

Bihar: Tejashwi Embarks on Yatra, Harps on Rozgar Agenda to hit out at Nitish-Modi

The RJD leader, who is on a10-day Jan Vishwas Yatra, slammed Nitish Kumar for treating peoples mandate like footwear.

News Click 20 Feb 2024 3:56 pm

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar assures Assembly of reducing school duration amid Opposition protest

The timings of schools for academic activities should be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. only... it should not be from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Chief Minister of Bihar said.

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 1:52 pm

Nitish assures assembly of reducing school duration amid oppn protest

Patna: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday assured the assembly that the existing eight-hour school duration from 9 am to 5 pm in government-run institutions will be reduced by two hours. He said the new timings will be from 10 am to 4 pm (six hours). His assurance came amid uproarious scenes in the Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Feb 2024 12:56 pm

Bihar: Ahead of 'Jan Vishwas Yatra', RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav performs Puja at his residence

Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav will kickstart Jan Vishwas Yatra from Muzaffarpur on February 20. Ahead of the Jan Vishwas Yatra, the RJD leader performed puja at his residence.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 12:47 pm

Bihar: Tejashwi embarks on Jan Vishwas Yatra in bid to win public trust

Patna:Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday launched a blistering attack on Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, the JD(U) president, whose latest volte-face robbed his party of power and stripped him of the deputy CMs post. Yadav spoke to journalists at his residence here, before leaving for Muzaffarpur, the commencing point of Jan Vishwas Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 20 Feb 2024 12:44 pm

Tejashwi to embark on Jan Vishwas Yatra across Bihar in bid to win public trust

Patna: Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday will embark on a whirlwind tour of Bihar, during which he is likely to cover all 38 districts of the state within a span of 11 days. Evocatively titled 'Jan Vishwas Yatra', a mass outreach programme aimed at winning public trust, Yadav, who recently lost the deputy chief minister's post, will commence the tour from Muzaffarpur. He is scheduled to address two more public meetings, in Sitamarhi and Sheohar, before reaching Motihari, the town where East Champaran district is headquartered, for a night halt. On the eve of the commencement of the tour, Yadav went live on Facebook late on Monday evening when he called Chief Minister Nitish Kumar an old-fashioned leader who would do well to give up his chair on his own. Yadav, who is the younger son and heir apparent of RJD president Lalu Prasad, also claimed that he was not distraught at his party losing power as a result of Kumar's latest volte-face. But Bihar needs stability and visionary leadership. Nitish Kumar, with his flip-flops and an inability to think out of the box, has shown that he lacks both, alleged Yadav. Yet, in the 17 months that we shared power, we made him take bold decisions in the light of the RJD's pledge to create 10 lakh government jobs. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to take a leaf out of our book and organised Rozgar melas, claimed Yadav. Taunting his former boss, who is now back in the BJP-led NDA, the RJD leader said, Nitish Kumar has been uneasy over his JD(U)'s decline and it is rumoured that he wants early dissolution of the assembly. He believes that if polls are held in the state alongside Lok Sabha elections, it will help him revive his party's fortunes. Notably, the tenure of the state assembly comes to an end towards the end of 2025. In the 243-strong House, JD(U) has only 45 members. Yadav said, We are not worried about what Nitish Kumar is going to do. But through this Jan Vishwas Yatra, we wish to reach out to the people of Bihar and assure them that come what may, we are by their side. The Jan Vishwas Yatra will conclude on March 1.

Deccan Chronicle 20 Feb 2024 10:24 am

Tejashwi to embark on 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' across Bihar in bid to win public trust

Tejashwi to embark on 'Jan Vishwas Yatra' across Bihar in bid to win public trust Rashtriya Janata Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday will embark on a whirlwind tour of Bihar, during which he is likely to cover all 38 districts of the state within a span of 11 days. Evocatively titled 'Jan Vishwas Yatra', a mass outreach programme aimed at winning ''public trust'', Yadav, who recently lost the deputy chief minister's post, will commence the tour from Muzaffarpur. He is scheduled to address two more public meetings, in Sitamarhi and Sheohar, before reaching Motihari, the town where East Champaran district is headquartered, for a night halt. On the eve of the commencement of the tour, Yadav went live on Facebook late on Monday evening when he called Chief Minister Nitish Kumar an ''old-fashioned leader who would do well to give up his chair on his own''. Yadav, who is the younger son and heir apparent of RJD president Lalu Prasad, also claimed that he was not distraught at his party losing power as a result of Kumar's latest volte-face. ''But Bihar needs stability and visionary leadership. Nitish Kumar, with his flip-flops and an inability to think out of the box, has shown that he lacks both,'' alleged Yadav. ''Yet, in the 17 months that we shared power, we made him take bold decisions in the light of the RJD's pledge to create 10 lakh government jobs. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi had to take a leaf out of our book and organised Rozgar melas,'' claimed Yadav. Taunting his former boss, who is now back in the BJP-led NDA, the RJD leader said, ''Nitish Kumar has been uneasy over his JD(U)'s decline and it is rumoured that he wants early dissolution of the assembly. He believes that if polls are held in the state alongside Lok Sabha elections, it will help him revive his party's fortunes.'' Notably, the tenure of the state assembly comes to an end towards the end of 2025. In the 243-strong House, JD(U) has only 45 members. Yadav said, ''We are not worried about what Nitish Kumar is going to do. But through this Jan Vishwas Yatra, we wish to reach out to the people of Bihar and assure them that come what may, we are by their side.'' The Jan Vishwas Yatra will conclude on March 1.

devdiscourse 20 Feb 2024 9:20 am

Bengaluru man held for sending bomb threats to RGIA

HYDERABAD : A Bengaluru-based man who sent numerous fake bomb threat emails to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was apprehended by the police on Sunday. During the interrogation, the accused, Vaibhav Tiwari, 34, confessed to sending the hoax emails from his email address. He has sent similar emails to other vital installations as well, according to police. Tiwari sent the first mail on Thursday around 7 am, alerting the airport authorities to not open the airport doors since there was a hijacker using compliance to murder you. While the authorities issued an alert and the security teams carried out extensive searches, it was found to be a hoax. However, the authorities received another fake email in the wee hours of Sunday. This time too, they received the mail from the same mail address. Based on the emails, the RGIA police apprehended the accused in Bengaluru and brought him to the police station. During interrogation, the accused revealed that he was an IT professional hailing from Bihar and had settled in Bengaluru. During the pandemic, he fell ill, lost his job and went into depression. He admitted to having sent these emails to create panic among the airport staff.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 9:19 am

CM flags off police vehicles

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:59 am

7L looted from tradersin Purnia dist, one shot at

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:58 am

Respiratory infection cases on rise in city

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:58 am

HC: Restitution of conjugal rights no condition for a-bail

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:57 am

HC pulls up BIADA MDfor structure demolition

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:57 am

Tejashwi to embark on 10-day statewide yatra from Muz today

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:56 am

PM to open new blocks of 4 institutions

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:55 am

BJP reminds Tejas of organised crime during RJD rule

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:55 am

EC delegation in city to review poll preparations

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:55 am

Action against shops selling pressure horns

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:55 am

South BiharExp extended up to Ara Jn

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:54 am

Graveyard maintenance policy in state soon: Min

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:54 am

'I Will Ask Dhoni Why Was I Dropped,' Virat Kohli's Contemporary Seeks Explanation From Former Captain After Retirement

Bengal and Indian batter Manoj Tiwary retired from all forms of cricket after the game against Bihar in the Ranji Trophy. He speaks about his regrets in the sport in an interview.

Zee News 20 Feb 2024 8:46 am

Bihar native held from Bengal for cheating Bokaro resident

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 8:40 am

Indian Ceramics Triennale: Down to earth

What comes from the earth, eventually goes back to it. The ongoing Indian Ceramics Triennale in Delhi would want visitors to mull over that. Now in its second edition, the four floors of Arthshila, Okhla, where it is being held, are filled with exhibits made with materials ranging from clay and ceramic to dried cow dung cakes or gobar uplas. At a time when sustainability is a buzzword, the sprawling exhibition, which includes functional objects like pots and cisterns made by artisans from villages across the country to more gallery installations by national and international artists, reminds us of the primordial closeness of man and mud, of our close and tactile collaborations with the earth itself. The Triennale presents the works of over 40 artists, and is set up around the theme of Common Ground. We are separated by politics, history and privilege... yet we are bound by a common humanity and a co-dependent future. Common Ground is a metaphorical and literal exploration of this ground upon which we meet, reads the curatorial note. TMS joined in on a curator-led walkthrough of the exhibition to find out why and how the artists wrought these pieces out of perhaps the rawest of materials -- the ground we walk on. Here are a few artworks that caught our eye, and our interest. 7 Kumbhar potters Works in terracotta A set of Kachchhi (Gujarat) terracotta pots of various sizes and shapes, with intricate patterns. These works look at the language of mark-making. They were made by the younger generation Kumbhar potters, some of whom had gone to Dubai for over 17 years and then came back to make these traditional pots again, to understand these patterns that had been passed on to them, says Vineet Kacker, an artist and co-curator of the Triennale. The broken half of a large cistern is also on display. The potters were very particular about presenting this as well because it is so much about the story of their lives, he adds. Deepak Kumar Warning Line An almost five-foot-high skeleton of a bird, made with ceramic, hangs from the ceiling. The curtains of the glass wall behind the work are intentionally left open, and right next door, the construction of a building is in full swing, in real time. Kumar is a multidisciplinary artist from Bihar-now settled in Greater Noida-who focuses on ecology. I wanted to present the effect of unbridled urbanisation on the lives of other living beings we share our habitat with, he says. His drawing on stone mounted on the wall, which presents a dismembered bird trapped in the lines of an intricate blueprint of a city, is thought-provoking. Creative Dignity, Lost and Found Contemporary ceramic artists Raju Sutar and Rajesh Kulkarni collaborated with indigenous potter communities of Warak in Maharashtra and Kutch in Gujarat for the art initiative, Creative Dignity, to present a set of clay utensils and objects. For the duo, the installation is a way of bringing art and craft together. Lost and Found draws on the old Hindi movie trope of two brothers who lose each other and are eventually reunited. For the artists, the brothers are art and craft. They wanted to bring the craft of these potters from the villages to present them in art spaces, says Kacker. Birender Kumar Yadav Re-Presented From the Traces Yadavs work presents objects like hammers, pick-axes, and several other tools, folded clothes, water containers, and even detached limbs, all made of clay. They are finely moulded to look true to life in their shapes but by intentionally leaving them unpainted, the artist seems to call attention to the material that was used. The work documents the lives of migrant brick kiln workers in the city of Mirzapur in Uttar Pradesh. It presents the things that are left behind by these predominantly lower-caste workers at their temporary houses that are torn down when they leave after their seasonal and excruciating labour ends. Yulia Repina Self-portrait, Fears German artist Yulia Repinas work is perhaps the most modern at the exhibition. She has crafted 17 busts in porcelain of half-human, half-fairytale-like creatures; all the heads sport expressions of distress in varying degrees. These sculptures were made during the pandemic and are about the fears that populated the artists mind, says Kacker. The exhibit has a Virtual Reality (VR) facility attached to it, and viewers can get into a VR landscape where the busts assume larger-than-life proportions and are many more in number. The artist wanted to show how fears multiply and fill up the mind when one is alone, says Kacker. Indian Ceramics Triennale is on at Arthshila, B-19/1, Okhla Industrial Area, Phase 2, till March 31

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 7:40 am

High on drugs, two women techies from Bengaluru assault cop in Gokarna

GOKARNA (UTTARA KANNADA): The Gokarna police have arrested two software developers from Bengaluru on charges of assaulting police personnel under the influence of drugs. Of the two arrested women, one is from Bihar and the other from Jharkhand. They were driving in a haphazard manner, and almost hit a woman police constable who was standing near Mahabaleshwara Temple, with their rented vehicle. The women have been identified as Pallavi Priya 29, from Jamalpur at Munger in Bihar and Priya Roy, 26, a native of Beramo, Bokaro in Jharkhand. The policemen saw them driving a rented vehicle in a haphazard manner and intercepted them. According to the eyewitnesses here, the women started abusing the constable in foul language and assaulting her. The people who gathered at the spot managed to rescue the constable and took the women to the police station. The women repeated their act again in the police station when another police official came to interrogate them. The police then took them for a medical test which revealed that they were under the influence of ganja. A complaint was lodged and the duo was arrested and produced before a court. They have now been sent to judicial custody. Further investigation is on. Incidents of confiscation of drugs and arrest of people in possession of drugs and illegal parties are on the rise in the holy town of Gokarna. A senior police officer said this is the first time women have been arrested for drug consumption and creating ruckus in Gokarna.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 7:28 am

Missing toddler traced after 17 hours; Kerala police yet to confirm kidnap claim

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The state breathed a sigh of relief as the two-year-old daughter of a Bihari vagabond couple, who had gone missing in the wee hours of Monday while sleeping with her family in the street near Chakkai, was found safe after an extensive search and rescue operation that lasted for more than 17 hours. The child was found lying in an unconscious state in a drain behind the Brahmos Aerospace campus. Deputy commissioner Nidhinraj P said the child was found lying in an unconscious state in the drain, which is located within one kilometre from the spot where she had gone missing. The childs family had migrated to Hyderabad and they reached the state capital to sell honey. The family has been staying in a tent close to the railway track in the vicinity of All Saints College. The family went to sleep by 10pm on Sunday and it was by 12.30am that the toddler was found missing. The DCP said so far they have not got any solid evidence to suggest that it could be a case of kidnapping. There is a possibility that the child could have walked to the place on her own. We have not confirmed that she was kidnapped. However, we are probing all angles, he said. Sources, meanwhile, said the place from where the child was recovered was a difficult terrain that could not be accessed by road. Due to the topography of the area, it would be difficult for a child to reach this far. Police had earlier combed the area, but could not find the child, igniting doubts that the child could have been dropped there later after the police scaled up surveillance. Police sources, however, claimed that since the child was in an unconscious state, she did not make any sound when the cops went for checking. Also, the drain was a bit deep and there was space inside it. So the cops who went there initially could have also missed her, said a police officer. Kerala: Missing toddler of nomadic couple found in drainage canal near railway track One of the siblings told the police that the child was taken away in a two-wheeler. However, he later said he got that information from his other brother. The other child, however, denied making such a statement. Nevertheless, the police perused the CCTV visuals from the surrounding areas, but could not find any suspicious vehicular movement. The child certainly did not move via road. If so, it could have been caught in the CCTV cameras. There is no evidence as of now to cement the claim that it was a case of kidnap, said police sources. The child was first admitted to the General Hospital and her medical condition was found to be stable. She was then shifted to the SAT Hospital for further evaluation and medical screening.

The New Indian Express 20 Feb 2024 6:23 am

Shatrughan Sinha reflects on his struggles

Bollywood veteran Shatrughan Sinha opened up about his cinematic journey, transitioning from a villain to a hero, and his challenges. Reflecting on his struggles, Sinha acknowledged that while he faced obstacles, they were not as daunting as those experienced by icons like Amitabh Bachchan and Dharmendra. He praised Bihar talents like Manoj Bajpayee and the late Sushant Singh Rajput.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 5:51 am

Won't join Rahul's yatra unless seat-sharing finalised: Akhilesh

Samajwadi Party demands seat-sharing talks with Congress before joining Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra. Congress seeks more seats in West UP. Alliance uncertain due to demand of 20 seats by Congress. SP's Jayant Chaudhary crossed over to BJP. SP announces 11 seats for Congress after Nitish Kumar's exit from Mahagathbandhan in Bihar.

The Times of India 20 Feb 2024 3:08 am

Rampant corruption in agriculture road maps, CM Nitish directly involved, alleges former Minister Sudhakar Singh

Last Friday, the Bihar CM had given the order to probe the irregularities in the department headed by RJD leaders; Singh alleges irregularities in implementation of the road maps

The Hindu 20 Feb 2024 1:57 am

2 Men Steal Jewellery Worth Rs 2.46 Crore After Drugging Employer: Cops

Two men working as domestic helps have been nabbed from Bihar, days after they drugged their Mumbai-based employer's family and decamped with diamond jewellery worth Rs 2.46 crore, a police official said on Monday.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 11:52 pm

Two men on run for drugging employer and stealing jewellery worth Rs 2.46 crore held from Bihar

Two men on run for drugging employer and stealing jewellery worth Rs 2.46 crore held from Bihar Two men working as domestic helps have been nabbed from Bihar, days after they drugged their Mumbai-based employer's family and decamped with diamond jewellery worth Rs 2.46 crore, a police official said on Monday. Police have recovered the stolen booty from the accused, identified as Neeraj alias Raja Yadav (19) and Raju alias Shatrudhan Kumar (19). The duo allegedly mixed some sedatives in the food of their employer, a resident of suburban Khar, and her family members on February 10, and fled with valuables. The incident came to light on February 11 when the 55-year-old complainant found that diamond jewellery was missing from her flat, the official said. ''The family members had to be admitted to a hospital as they all started vomiting after waking up from sleep. An FIR was registered later,'' he said. Police traced Yadav and Kumar through the details of their Aadhaar cards and with technical help. The duo was arrested under sections 328 (causing hurt by means of poison), 381 (theft by servant), and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code, he said. Notably, one of the accused, Kumar, was arrested by the police earlier in connection with a Rs 50 lakh theft case. Further investigation is underway, the official added.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 11:12 pm

After National Conference, PDP Says Will Contest Lok Sabha Polls Alone

The INDIA bloc may be facing yet another crisis - to add to drama in Bengal, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, and Nitish Kumar's walk-out in Bihar - after ex-Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti's People's Democratic Party said it is preparing to fight the general election on its own. This comes after a similar announcement by the National Conference who are set to fight alone in the Kashmir Valley. On record both NC and PDP still insist that they are with the India bloc.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 11:11 pm

3-Day-Old Girl Rescued From Kidnappers in Peddapalli, Two Arrested

Ten persons accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl have been arrested. She was working as a maid in a Navy officer's house near the port quarters. the city police said. (Representational Image) Ten persons accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl have been arrested. She was working as a maid in a Navy officer's house near the port quarters. the city police said. (Representational Image) Karimnagar: A three-day-old girl, who went missing from the government-run mother and child healthcare centre (MCH) in the heart of the city on Sunday, was traced by the Karimnagar Two Town police in Peddapalli on Monday, who also nabbed two persons. Police said the infants mother Nirmala had gone for a check-up, leaving the baby with her husband Manoj Ram. The husband handed over the baby to his 14-year-old nephew and went out. On his return, he found the girl missing. The couple lodged a complaint with the police who formed a team and started investigations, said ACP G. Narendar. The couple from Bihar works in a granite quarry and stays at Bavupet of Kothappalli mandal. Using CCTV camera footage and other methods, the police tracked down and arrested 35-year-old Mukkera Kavitha alias Padma, from Thakkallapally village and homoeopathy practitioner Yerramraju Jaggam Raju, 75, from Jammikunta. Kavutha told the police and she had approached Raju who suggested that she kidnap an infant from the MCH in Karimnagar. She went to the centre and found a boy with the baby. Kavitha told the boy that she was taking the baby for vaccination and she abducted the girl and reached Jammikunta. Hospital superintendent Dr G. Veera Reddy said a memo had been issued to some personnel, including nurses.

Deccan Chronicle 19 Feb 2024 10:10 pm

Tejashwi to begin Jan Vishwas Yatra from tomorrow aimed at highlighting achievements of mahagathbandhan govt. in Bihar

Ruling BJP takes aim at RJD leader and Leader of the Opposition saying he should first address the corruption allegations against him and his family members

The Hindu 19 Feb 2024 10:04 pm

Bihar: Tejashwi Yadav to kickstart Jan Vishwas Yatra tomorrow

Tejashwi Yadav's Jan Vishwas Yatra for Lok Sabha polls starts in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. Public meetings held to raise awareness about 'Mahagathbandhan' government's work. Allies with Congress in INDIA bloc against BJP, after Nitish Kumar's alliance collapse.

The Economic Times 19 Feb 2024 9:43 pm

Kerala: Missing toddler of nomadic couple traced from drainage canal near railway track

Kerala: Missing toddler of nomadic couple traced from drainage canal near railway track Thiruvananthapuram, Feb 19 (PTI): Nearly 20 hours after she went missing from a wayside tent, a two-year-old girl, daughter of a nomadic couple from Bihar, was found in a deep drainage canal near a railway track here on Monday evening. A police team, which was carrying out a search in the area, came across the child who was found lying in the drainage, police said. They later shifted the girl to the nearby general hospital. Television channels showed visuals of the police personnel running with the child in their hands and shifting her to their vehicle to take her to the hospital. She was also given water by the police personnel in the vehicle. The isolated area, where the girl was found, is not far away from the place from where she had gone missing while sleeping with her parents and siblings. Confirming the successful tracing of the toddler, DCP Nidhinraj later told reporters that the first priority of the police is to give medical care to the child. ''We could find her alive...that is most important. The child seems to be ok. The rest of things we can tell after a detailed medical check up,'' he told the media. General Education Minister V Sivankutty, who reached the General Hospital, said the child was found during a search carried out by the police in the area. ''It was an isolated area. A drainage canal was there. The police personnel found the child lying in the canal. They could shift the child to the hospital in 10 minutes,'' he said. The minister also said she is safe and healthy but seemed to be frightened. The child's parents, who had been at the Pettah police station since early morning, were in tears out of happiness after coming to know about her rescue. They thanked the police with folded hands and teary eyes when they reached the hospital to meet the child. The police are yet to divulge additional details. However, a local woman resident told reporters that no one was in the area till this evening and expressed doubts if somebody might have abandoned her there. The shocking incident of the girl going missing was reported from an isolated open area where nomadic people, who have migrated from other states, were staying together. The incident happened after midnight and the missing girl was sleeping with her siblings and parents in an isolated place near the main road adjacent to the All Saints College here, they said. Soon after the incident, the parents and the girl's siblings rushed to the nearby police station seeking help. Police sources said that according to information provided by one of the girl's brothers, a person was moving around in a two-wheeler in a suspicious manner in the area during the time. As television channels began airing the news, police teams rushed to the spot and carried out searches. Earlier in the day, Thiruvananthapuram MLA Antony Raju said an alert had been sent to all police stations and an ADGP level officer was coordinating the investigation. ''The incident happened around midnight and the police are carrying out a comprehensive probe. Police stations in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts and Kanyakumari in neighbouring Tamil Nadu have been alerted,'' he told the media. The incident happened months after a five-year-old girl, daughter of a migrant couple, was abducted from her house and killed after being sexually assaulted in Aluva in Ernakulam district. A migrant worker, convicted in the case, was given a death sentence by a special court in November. According to police, the convict Ashwaq Alam from Bihar, had on July 28 lured the girl by promising sweets and subsequently brutally raped and killed her, before dumping the body in a garbage strewn marshy area behind a local market in nearby Aluva.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 9:28 pm

EC delegation in Bihar to review LS poll preparations

EC delegation in Bihar to review LS poll preparations Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar arrived here on Monday, heading a delegation of the poll panel that would review preparations in Bihar ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, an official said. The CEC was accompanied by Election Commissioners Arun Goel and Dharmendra Sharma, besides other senior officials who will be camping here for the next couple of days, he told PTI Bhasha. Shortly upon arrival from Delhi, the EC delegation held a meeting that was attended by H R Srinivasa, Bihar's Chief Electoral Officer, in addition to officials of the state police and central paramilitary forces. On Tuesday, the delegation is scheduled to hold talks with representatives of registered political parties (national and state). It will, thereafter, interact with divisional commissioners and district magistrates, who also double up as district electoral officers. The tour will conclude on Wednesday when the delegation is scheduled to meet several top officials, including Chief Secretary Amir Subhani and Director General of Police R S Bhatti.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 8:08 pm

No rituals without reels: Bihar mans wedding vlog explodes on social media

No rituals without reels Bihar mans wedding vlog explodes on social media

India Today 19 Feb 2024 6:58 pm

Newborn kidnapped in Karimnagar rescued within 24 hours, two including a woman arrested

The baby was born to a couple from Bihar

The Hindu 19 Feb 2024 6:06 pm

Huma in full form as she settles scores with opponents in Maharani 3 trailer

Mumbai, Feb 19 (IANS) The trailer of the upcoming season 3 of streaming drama series Maharani was unveiled on Monday. Like its previous seasons, the trailer of season 3 promises a compelling political drama with tectonic shifts in the political landscapes of Bihar. The trailer shows Huma Qureshis character of Rani Bharti serving her sentence []

bhaskarlive 19 Feb 2024 5:58 pm

Goa Minister Subhash Phal Desai Injured in Stone Pelting Incident During Unveiling of Shivaji Maharaj's Statue

Panaji: In a distressing turn of events, Goa Minister Subhash Phal Desai sustained minor injuries on Monday amidst a stone pelting incident that marred the unveiling of a statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in South Goa's Sao Jose De Areal village. This incident unfolded a day after tensions escalated in the village over the installation of the revered Maratha King's statue. Desai, who serves as the Social Welfare Minister of Goa, encountered resistance as he was leaving the village after the ceremonial unveiling of Shivaji Maharaj's statue. A group of locals began protesting and hurling stones, resulting in Desai sustaining minor head injuries. Speaking to reporters, Desai revealed that despite engaging in discussions with the protesting villagers, they resorted to violence against the installation. Expressing his commitment to communal harmony, Desai stated his reluctance to file a police complaint against the villagers. He disclosed that the statue had been installed on private property donated by a Muslim resident.The unrest in Sao Jose De Areal commenced on Sunday, with residents protesting against the installation of Shivaji's statue, sparking a confrontation between opposing groups. Law enforcement authorities swiftly intervened, deploying a significant number of police personnel to restore order. The situation in the village is now under control, affirmed a senior police officer. Commenting on the situation, a local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader lamented the exploitation of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's legacy for communal political gains, deeming it unfortunate.Today marks the 394th birth anniversary of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, a significant occasion celebrated across the country. Prime Minister Modi's Address at UPGIS 2023: Focus on UP's Development Trajectory BRS MLC K Kavitha Challenges Telangana Government's Decision on Job Reservation Bihar Deputy CM Samrat Chaudhary Challenges Tejashwi Yadav Ahead of Jan Vishwas Yatra

News Track 19 Feb 2024 5:11 pm

Woman found dead under mysterious circumstances in Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 19 (IANS) A 30-year-old woman was found dead under mysterious circumstances at her in-laws house in north Delhis Burari area, an official said on Monday. The deceased was identified as Pooja, a resident of district Darbhanga, Bihar and she had been married for more than six years. On Monday, an information was []

bhaskarlive 19 Feb 2024 5:07 pm

Bihar Deputy CM Samrat Chaudhary Challenges Tejashwi Yadav Ahead of Jan Vishwas Yatra

Patna: Ahead of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav's Jan Vishwas Yatra, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Chaudhary criticized him, urging Yadav to address allegations of corruption involving him and his family. Chaudhary also expressed confidence in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) winning all Bihar seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. We demand that he first address the corruption allegations against him and his family. The NDA is fully prepared for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, and we are confident of securing victory in all Bihar constituencies, stated Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Chaudhary. Tejashwi Yadav is scheduled to kick off the Jan Vishwas Yatra following his removal from power in Bihar. The Yatra, reminiscent of Rahul Gandhi's Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra, is set to take place from February 20 to 29, commencing with a rally in Muzaffarpur. Its objective is to highlight the government's accomplishments over the past 17 months. Meanwhile, the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government has initiated an inquiry to scrutinize the performance of departments overseen by Tejashwi Yadav and his close ministers during the previous JDU-RJD administration. The Health Department, Road Construction Department, Urban Development and Housing Department, along with their decisions, will undergo assessment. In response to RJD chief Lalu Yadav's statement indicating openness towards Nitish Kumar, Janata Dal-United (JDU) MLA Gopal Mandal affirmed that the Bihar Chief Minister is committed to his current path and will not reconsider. Political doors are always open; however, Nitish Kumar is resolute in his current trajectory. Let's continue till 2024, and the future will unfold accordingly, remarked Gopal Mandal. Regarding the possibility of Nitish Kumar's return, Lalu Prasad Yadav stated, If he decides to return, we will assess the situation. The door is always open. Following a successful floor test, CM Nitish Kumar criticized the RJD for alleged corruption during their governance, affirming the Bihar government's intention to investigate these claims. The JD(U) holds 45 seats in the 243-member House, while its allies, BJP and Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S), possess 79 and four seats, respectively. With the support of 128 MLAs, the NDA holds a majority in the state assembly, surpassing the requisite 122-mark. Congress Leader Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya Joins BJP Ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections Varun Dhawan and Wife Natasha Dalal Jet Off to Goa for Rakul Preet Singh's Post-Pregnancy Announcement Thousands Arrive Here to Celebrate Festival Without Wearing Clothes, Recognizing its Significance

News Track 19 Feb 2024 4:11 pm

BRS MLC K Kavitha Challenges Telangana Government's Decision on Job Reservation

Hyderabad: Bharat Rashtra Samithi (BRS) MLC K Kavitha called on the Telangana government to retract its decision regarding the elimination of roster points in job allocations. As the daughter of former Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Kavitha also reached out to former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and current party chief Mallikarjun Kharge to address this issue. The Telangana government's recent move to introduce 33.33% horizontal reservations for women without implementing roster points in recruitment categories has sparked controversy. Kavitha referenced a 1996 milestone where women secured 33.3% horizontal reservations in job opportunities and highlighted a 2022 Supreme Court ruling regarding horizontal reservations without roster points, citing a recent judgment from the Rajasthan Public Service Commission. Expressing her discontent, Kavitha stated, Unfortunately, the Telangana government has chosen to implement a special Government Order (GO) in line with the Supreme Court's ruling. However, we oppose this decision and urge the government to pursue legal action. Highlighting past efforts, Kavitha mentioned that the former BRS government had filed a writ petition against the Supreme Court's ruling. However, she criticized the current Revanth Reddy-led government in Telangana for withdrawing the case, claiming it would benefit women. She asserted that this move could adversely impact job opportunities for women in the state. Calling for consistency, Kavitha urged Congress leadership to adopt a uniform policy nationwide on this issue. She pointed out discrepancies between Congress-led states, noting that while the Karnataka government has decided to challenge the Supreme Court's order, Telangana has chosen to comply with it. We oppose this inconsistency, which threatens the interests of women candidates and their job prospects. We demand that the Telangana Congress government revoke the government order, Kavitha emphasized. Bihar Deputy CM Samrat Chaudhary Challenges Tejashwi Yadav Ahead of Jan Vishwas Yatra Congress Leader Mahendrajeet Singh Malviya Joins BJP Ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha Elections Varun Dhawan and Wife Natasha Dalal Jet Off to Goa for Rakul Preet Singh's Post-Pregnancy Announcement

News Track 19 Feb 2024 4:11 pm

Bihar: No Donor After 1.5 Years, Health of Dalit Woman Whose Kidneys Were Removed Worsens

Family blames health authorities failure to arrange for a donor for the poor Dalit woman, who is battling for life in SKMCH Muzaffarpur.

News Click 19 Feb 2024 3:39 pm

Maharani 3 trailer: Huma Qureshi's Rani Bharti all set to take revenge, reclaim her status in 'new Bihar'

Huma Qureshi is back with season 3 of Maharani which will be streaming from 7th March on Sony LIV.

DNA India 19 Feb 2024 3:32 pm

First Speak About Corruption: BJP Attacks Tejashwi Yadav's Bihar Yatra

Ahead of Rashtriya Janta Dal leader Tejashwi Yadav's Jan Vishwas Yatra, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Samrat Chaudhary on Monday said that Tejashwi Yadav should speak about the corruption done by him and his family.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 3:10 pm

Bihar Woman Rescued from Human Trafficking in Kashmir: Police

SRINAGAR: A lady from Bihar who had become a victim of human trafficking has been rescued in north Kashmirs Bandipora district, police said here. An official said that Bandipora police rescued a lady victim of human trafficking belonging to Bihar, illegally sold to one person namely Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh son of Nazir Ahmad resident of [] The post Bihar Woman Rescued from Human Trafficking in Kashmir: Police appeared first on Kashmir Life .

KashmirLife 19 Feb 2024 1:27 pm

Champai Soren Greenlights Caste-Based Survey in Jharkhand

The survey is slated to commence post-Lok Sabha electionsreports Asia Lite News Jharkhand Chief Minister Champai Soren has approved a caste-based survey akin to Bihars recent endeavor, as confirmed by... The post Champai Soren Greenlights Caste-Based Survey in Jharkhand first appeared on India Daily Digital .

indiadailydigital 19 Feb 2024 1:22 pm

Jharkhand Congress and JMM reach consensus on seat sharing, both to contest 7 Lok Sabha seats each

RANCHI: The seat sharing formula between two major INDI Alliance partners -- JMM and Congress, has been finalised for the Lok Sabha polls in Jharkhand. In a meeting at the residence of Congress General Secretary Mukul Wasnik, both parties agreed to contest seven seats each. According to the sources, both the parties have reached consensus on giving seats to the other allies -- RJD and Left parties from their quota. JMM will give one seat to RJD from its quota, while Congress will give one seat to the Left parties. In the 2019 Lok Saha polls, Congress got 9 seats and JMM was given 5 seats. Congress had given two seats to Babulal Marandi's Jharkhand Vikas Morcha (JVM) from its quota and JMM had given two seats to RJD. JMM functionaries told that the party is also planning to field its candidates in Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Assam under the INDI Alliance. They also claimed that the seat sharing formula has been decided in Bengal while the decision over the same in Odisha, Assam and Bihar will be taken in the next meeting. JMM also wants to contest over few seats in Bihar in the bordering districts of Bihar and will talk to RJD in this regard very soon. Mukul Wasnik, Salman Khurshid, Congress in-charge Ghulam Ahmed Mir and state president Rajesh Thakur were present from the Congress side while JMM, Central General Secretary Supriyo Bhattacharya, Vinod Pandey and MLA Sudivya Kumar Sonu were representing JMM. Chief Minister Champai Soren on Sunday met Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge to discuss seat sharing for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. During the meeting the two leaders also talked about the INDI Alliance and came to a conclusion that it is essential to strengthen the Alliance in order to remove BJP from power at the center. Jharkhand Congress in-charge Ghulam Ahmed Mir and state president Rajesh Thakur were also present during the meeting. Amid disgruntled Jharkhand Congress MLAs camping in Delhi, CM Champai Soren meets Kharge

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 1:00 pm

Trafficked Bihar woman rescued in J-K

Trafficked Bihar woman rescued in J-K The Jammu and Kashmir Police has rescued a woman trafficked from Bihar in the Union Territory's Bandipora district, officials said on Monday. ''Bandipora police rescued a lady victim of human trafficking belonging to Bihar, illegally sold to one person namely Zahoor Ahmad Sheikh s/o Nazir Ahmad r/o Banyari Ajas,'' the district's police said in a post on X. Cognisance has been taken under relevant sections of the law, it said.

devdiscourse 19 Feb 2024 12:24 pm

Two-year-old daughter of Bihari couple goes missing in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala Police step up search

Couple also has three sons, one of whom has claimed to have seen an unidentified person abducting his sister on a yellow scooter

The Hindu 19 Feb 2024 11:59 am

Telangana: Man helps woman kidnap newborn baby from hospital

KARIMNAGAR: A newborn girl child was kidnapped by a woman after a relative of the baby handed her over at the Karimnagar Mother and Child Health Centre on Saturday. The girls mother, Nirmala Devi, a migrant from Bihar working at a granite company in Bavupeta village of Yadagirigutta mandal in Nalgonda district, was admitted to the hospital for delivery. Nirmala reportedly suffered from seizures and was placed in the ICU. Her husband, Manoj Ram, had given the responsibility to watch over the mother-daughter duo to his brothers son, an adult aged below 20, while he went home to fetch lunch. However, the boy reportedly handed over the baby to a woman waiting outside the hospital, who then departed. This event was captured on a CCTV camera. In order to prevent an infection, the infant was handed over to her mother inside the ICU only during breastfeeding. Manoj reported the incident to the police when he realised that the baby was missing. An inquiry was conducted at the hospital and involvement of the boy in handing the infant over to the kidnapper was noted. Manoj and his nephew were called to a police station for questioning. Further investigation into the incident is underway to locate the missing infant and apprehend the kidnapper. Meanwhile, some patients claimed that they had seen the kidnapper at the hospital previously, possibly rehearsing and planning the abduction.

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 10:19 am

Two-year-old child sleeping with family on street goes missing in Thiruvananthapuram; Kidnapping suspected

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: A two-year-old girl sleeping with her parents on the street went missing from near All Saints College in the early hours of Monday. The child belonging to a vagabond couple from Bihar was asleep with three of her siblings when she went missing. The incident has triggered doubts of kidnap as a two-wheeler was found suspiciously lurking in the locality at the time the child was spotted missing. The Pettah police have registered a case and started probe. The city police have intensified checking to trace the missing child. The family said the child went missing by 1 am. According to the family members, a two-wheeler driven by a stranger had approached the place at that time. 112 (19.2.2024) #keralapolice pic.twitter.com/XULNcHDWtE Kerala Police (@TheKeralaPolice) February 19, 2024

The New Indian Express 19 Feb 2024 9:22 am

2 Year-Old Girl Abducted In Kerala. Police Launches Probe

A two-year-old girl, daughter of a nomadic couple from Bihar was allegedly kidnapped while she was sleeping in a wayside tent near Pettah here in the wee hours of Monday, police said.

NDTV 19 Feb 2024 9:14 am

Two-year-old girl, daughter of nomadic couple, abducted in Kerala capital; police launches probe

Two-year-old girl, daughter of nomadic couple, abducted in Kerala capital; police launches probe A two-year-old girl, daughter of a nomadic couple from Bihar was allegedly kidnapped while she was sleeping in a wayside tent near Pettah here in the wee hours of Monday, police said. The incident happened after midnight and the missing girl was sleeping along with her siblings and parents in an isolated place near the main road adjacent to All Saints College here, they said. Soon after the incident, the parents and the girl's siblings rushed to the nearby police station seeking help. Police sources said according to information provided by one of the girl's brothers, a person was moving around in a two-wheeler in a suspicious manner in the area during the time. As television channels began airing the news, police teams rushed to the spot and carried out searches. Thiruvananthapuram MLA Antony Raju said an alert had been sent to all police stations and an ADGP level officer was coordinating the investigation. ''The incident happened around midnight and the police are carrying out a comprehensive probe. Police stations in Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam districts and Kanyakumari in neighbouring Tamil Nadu have been alerted,'' he told the media. The incident happened months after a five-year-old girl, daughter of a migrant couple, was abducted from her house and killed after being sexually assaulted in Aluva in Ernakulam district. A migrant worker, convicted in the case, was given a death sentence by a special court in November. According to police, the convict Ashwaq Alam from Bihar, had on July 28 lured the girl by promising sweets and subsequently brutally raped and killed her, before dumping the body in a garbage strewn marshy area behind a local market in nearby Aluva.

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